Jason Campbell Describes Sherm Lewis's Role
Jason Campbell's weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan's LaVar and Dukes show Monday produced several highlights, but I guess this was my favorite. Campbell was asked about Sherm Lewis's role in the offense, and what impact the consultant had in his (admittedly extremely short) time with the team.
"Uh, truth be told, honestly, I have no idea," Campbell said. "I see him out on the practice field, standing back, watching, probably overseeing things, but I haven't really had a conversation with him just yet. I have no idea what his plans or what he was doing [Sunday] when he was at the game. So you know, from that standpoint, I couldn't even answer it. Because honestly I have no idea."
Jim Zorn's official explanation went like this: "It's still early, but I am working on some assignments for him. He's very willing. He's trying to get up to speed; he's really devoting a lot of time to playbook and video to do that. And as he gets the terminology down, then he'll be able to speak on it more freely. He certainly will be utilized in many different ways."
(For a brilliant essay on these eyes, see Tracee Hamilton's column.)
Speaking of those two men, here are their most recent takes on the offensive line carnage. Here's Zorn, from Tuesday's appearance on The Sports Fix with Sheehan and Loverro.
"I think we can be effective running the ball with our group in there, our offensive linemen, the replacements of Chris Samuels, of Randy Thomas," Zorn said. "We have put guys in there that are really doing a fair job in run blocking. Our main concern is protecting the QB. But in our run blocks, we've whiffed or missed a block here or there, but I like our run game, and it's going to continue to improve as we go along here. I've got real confidence in that."
Confidence! Sweet! And here was Campbell's view, given to LaVar and Dukes:
"When we lost Chris [Samuels] it changed the whole dynamic of our offense, because there's certain plays we couldn't run....When you don't have that experience there like you did with your starter, it's a tough situation....It's tough. You know, it's definitely tough. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't, but we've got to find some kind of way to get through it and some kind of way to build confidence in whoever is in there. We've got to find some kind of way to stay positive."
Finding some kind of way to build confidence! Less sweet! Sour, even.
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